May/June 2009 Conscious Media
2012: Science or Superstition
by Stephen Simon
It has already begun. The drumbeat of doom and gloom about the so-called end of the Mayan calendar in December 2012 can now be heard, seen and read with increasing frequency in all media.
Apocalyptic books about 2012 are on publishing schedules worldwide. Networks are preparing documentaries and series about the "end times." A recent search of imdb.com, the movie business go-to website for past, present and future films, already lists some upcoming titles for 2009 and 2010, including Nostradamus: 2012, and 2012: The Earth Was No More, and 2012: The War for Souls, and my personal favorite title so far - 2012: The Day the Earth Bent Over. And we still have 2011 and 2012 to go.
An entire industry is being fashioned around that December 2012 date - almost all of which is designed to worry, terrify and depress as many people as possible - to which I have three responses:
- Your electricity and credit card bills will still have to be paid in January 2013, so please don't assume otherwise.
- There is one new film, 2012: Science or Superstition that puts all of this fear mongering in the proper perspective.
The millions of us who have made a commitment in this lifetime to evolution and hope, rather than despair and destruction, must now be vocal and steadfast. If we're right, we can help ease the fear for so many others who truly do believe that the world will physically end in 2012. If we're wrong and they're right, they can scold us when we all pass over together in whatever cataclysm descends upon us.
Remember the last "disaster" moment of Y2K? New Year's Eve of 1999, or was it 2000? The same people who awakened on January 1, 2000 to find that Hal of 2001: A Space Odyssey had not become the ruler of the world, then told us that the next New Year's Eve in 2000 would be the moment of mayhem. Unless you drank too much on December 31, 2000 or had a terrible party date, January 1, 2001 looked pretty much the same as the day before.
That is one reason why I so passionately recommend 2012: Science or Superstition.
This wonderful documentary calmly and accurately explains the theories that have led some people to believe that the end-times are near. The extraordinary author Graham Hancock is an integral aspect of the film and deservedly so. Hancock's epic book Fingerprints of the Gods features the best explanations of flood myths, equinox mysteries and extraterrestrial astronomy.
In the film, Hancock and many others patiently illuminate all of the underpinnings of the 2012 phenomenon. They show, with clarity and insight, that there is no reason for us to assume that our outer physical world is coming to an end in 2012. There is at least as much evidence, if not more, that the 2012 phenomenon bespeaks an inner spiritual demarcation point for humanity.
And that is the crucial distinction that those of us who believe in the manifest destiny of human evolution must champion as we approach December 2012.
Stephen Simon co-founded www.spiritualcinemacircle.com. He produced What Dreams May Come and Somewhere in Time, and directed and produced the film version of Conversations with God.